How to Eliminate, Get Rid of Tobacco Odors, Cigarette Smells, Cigar Smells, Odors from Offices, Homes Clothing, Rugs, Fabrics
Anytime someone smokes inside a home or other building, all of the smoke and nicotine released can actually stick to the carpets, linens, upholstery, walls and screens in the home, creating an unpleasant smell that is difficult to get rid of. The resin and tar from cigarettes are very difficult to deodorize, leaving many people wondering how to get rid of cigarette smoke odor. Depending on the extent of the smoke damage, you may need to replace carpets, repaint your walls, and purify the air in order to completely eliminate any odor that was left behind.
Cigarettes don’t only contain tobacco and nicotine – they are also packed with many other toxins and chemicals. Even though cigarettes now have filters and often have safer ingredients, people who smoke are exposing themselves to more than 250 potentially poisonous toxins each time they light up. When they smoke inside, this smoke is able to linger. All of the toxins from cigarettes remain in the air and can create a “coating” effect on anything in the home.
Just like walking through the fog will make your clothing damp due to very small particles of water, cigarette smoke has small particles of toxins floating in it. If you want to know how to eliminate cigarette smoke odor, then it’s important to understand how this works. Walking through the fog once will make your clothes slightly damp, but continuing to do it will cause your clothing to get wet.
In the same way, being exposed to third-hand smoke will allow particles to form on surfaces in the home. Each cigarette smoked causes more particles to be released, making more and more of them create a smoke odor that is hard to get rid of.
Smaller spaces, such as cars, will have more smoke build-up and there will be more toxins in the air and on the surfaces in the vehicle.
Many people who are wondering how to eliminate cigar smoke odor think that they can simply leave a window open to allow the air to blow through and remove the smoke. Unfortunately, this smoke is very sticky and will remain in your home. Smokers tend to have the same level on toxins emitting from their hair and skin as their home or car do. This means that you don’t need to actually breathe in cigarette smoke to be affected by the toxins.
It’s important to know that the size of your room, the amount of ventilation in the space, and how much airflow there is will all play a role in how quickly you can rid the space of the odor. Take these into consideration when thinking about how to get rid of cigar odor.
Chemicals and toxins will seep into items in your home, including carpets, upholstery, and other fabric. The fibers of the cloth will trap the cigarette odors, making them harder to get rid of. The number of cigarettes smoked in a space will play a huge role in the overall odor, as more cigarettes will release more toxins.
When wondering “what can I use to get rid of smoke odor,” make sure that you consider using an air purifier, as they are the best at eliminating the odor. An Odorox/Pyure Hydroxyl Processor is the best way eliminate the odor at the source by relying on hydroxyls to attack odors throughout the space, not only in the air that enters the machine. This is the most reliable way to get rid of smoke odors and ensure that they are not still trapped in your furniture or clinging to your walls.
Ventilating the room is a great way to help remove the odor of cigarette smoke, but it won’t remove any of the toxins or chemicals that are in the space, which is why it’s important to use the right equipment for the job.
No matter whether you are a smoker who wants to improve your home, office, or car, or you just moved into the home of a smoker, you need to take steps to remove the smells and chemicals left behind. Understanding how cigarette smoke works, what it contains, and how to best remove it will give you the knowledge that you need to improve the air quality in your space.
This past holiday season, I experienced significant smoke damage in my home from an electrical malfunction in my oven, which occurred when running the oven cleaning cycle on a timer in the middle of the nightÑit appeared that the thermostat had stopped working, and the oven temperature just kept rising and rising. When the smoke detectors went off, I wakened and opened my bedroom door on the second floor and saw nothing but smoke in the hallwayÑI could not even see downstairs. There were no flames, just heavy smoke.
The smoke had traveled throughout the first and second floor of my home. A strong odor was detected in the air, and it went into all the closets on both floors, affecting most of the clothing in them. I opened the windows in the home to get cross ventilation and waited outside until sufficient smoke at exited so I could go back into my home. At that point, what remained was a foul odor from the smoke, which was from the protein in the oven as well as some of the plastic surrounding the oven.
The next day, when I went to a meeting, several people in the meeting noticed the smoke odor on my clothing and asked if I had been in a fire. This was an uncomfortable situation to say the least, as I was expecting to host family during the holiday season, not to mention the embarrassment experienced in client meetings. Anxious to remedy the odor problem I contacted Odorox Air Technologies (OAT) in Basking Ridge NJ to see if their Odorox equipment might be able to help my situation.
The guys contacted a local Paul Davis restoration firm, who agreed to operate the Odorox hydroxyl generators at my home to assist in the clean up. Felipe Rodriguez ("Phil") from Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling followed the instructions given to him by Odorox personnel, and in a matter of just a few days successfully removed the smoke odor from my house (most of it had dissipated after just one day). Paul Davis had installed three of the Odorox machines on the two floors as well as a number of fans to move the air through the house.
Besides the obvious benefit of eliminating the smoke smell, I appreciated not having to leave my home during the clean up processÑthat is because the clean-up process does not use any ozone, which would not have been safe to be around..
It also was interesting to note that the local Maryland Paul Davis folks, having not heard of this hydroxyl technology, were very skeptical of its ability to work. When they came and installed the equipment (shipped to them by Emerald), they said that they could come back the next day with their own equipment to take out the smoke that the Odorox equipment didn't do. When they came back the next day, they were truly amazed at how quickly most of the odors had already been removed much faster than through their more traditional methods they became believers literally overnight. And given that this technology did not require that I vacate my home and dry clean my clothing, treat carpet, etc., they were more than impressed.
Unrelated to the smoke damage, Phil found some mold in my basement (it was from a water leak a few months earlier). I had mentioned that the Odorox equipment could kill the mold spores as well. So once the smoke cleanup was done, and following consultation with the Odorox personnel, I moved one of the Odorox units on the job to my basement to deal with the mold. I am pleased to report the mold is gone with the help of the Odorox and additional clean-up from the restoration crew.
As a business owner and building professional who works with commercial and institutional facilities managers facing odor, mold and other indoor air quality issues threatening their companies, I can say with a great deal of confidence that the Odorox hydroxyl technology will eliminate these types of problems faster and with less disruption and at a lower cost than other previously available means. A big thanks to Odorox!
Peter S. Kimmel, AIA, IFMA Fellow
Dear Mr. Swon,
My name is Jim Palmieri and I am the General Manager of Allpro Restoration Services in Glens Falls, NY. We are a local company that has been caring for and servicing water, smoke and fire damage customers in Upstate NY for close to 30 years now.
I recently was called by a real estate agent asking me if we had anything that would eliminate pet odors from a house they were trying to sell. They had two prospective buyer back out on this particular house due to the strong pet odors in it. Apparently the previous owners of the house raised Golden Retrievers inside the house complete with indoor kennel and doggie day care business. After the house was completely emptied and professionally cleaned, the odor of dogs was still prominently present.
The real estate company had another company come in the house and install ozone for three days. The odors were diminished but not enough to sell. I told them about the Hydroxyl system and what it can do. The agent agreed to let me install the hydroxyl system. After 24 hours we inspected the home and found no evidence of odor or that a single dog even lived there let alone an entire kennel. The agent was so impressed he asked Allpro to meet with the other agents in his office to explain the system and how it can help real estate agents sell homes quicker. They are now the third real estate company that calls us on a regular basis to deodorize properties before open houses and showings.
We also used the hydroxyl system on a house where an elderly man had lived alone for many years before he died. This gentleman repaired engines in his living room which as you could imagine left a large amount of grease and oil stains on his flooring as well as oil and gas odors throughout his home. After we professionally cleaned his home the only way we could eliminate the gas smell that permeated into the wall cavities was with the Hydroxyl system.
Thanks to Odorox and the Hydroxyl system. We continued to be amazed at it's capabilities and effectiveness.
James Palmieri ? General Manager
Allpro Cleaning & Restoration Services
Allpro Cleaning & Restoration
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